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New Directions In Wargaming

In 1980 Dr. Paddy Griffith, who was then a lecturer in War Studies at RMA Sandhurst, organised a conference entitled "New Directions In Wargaming". The conference was held at Moor Park College near Farnham, and lasted over the weekend of 23rd to 25th May 1980. It was at this conference that Wargame Developments was founded, and it set the pattern for all the subsequent conferences.

The First COW

The Moor Park conference was such a success that it was agreed that an annual conference should be organised, and in June 1981 the first COW took place. Because Moor Park College was unavailable, an alternative venue was sought and thus began WD's long association with Knuston Hall Residential College for Adult Education.

COW and Knuston Hall

Knuston Hall has proven to be a popular venue because its facilities suited the organisation's needs and requirements, and its location - in the Midlands, close to the motorway network - made it accessible from almost anywhere in the UK. However in early 2022 Northamptonshire City Council (who operate the Hall) informed us that it would be closed for maintenance work for most of the year - see below for Plan B!

Each conference includes plenary/core, workshop, and practical sessions.

COW2022

COW2022 will be taking place from Friday 8th July to Sunday 10th July 2022, at a new venue, the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham. The cost of attending COW2022 is 310.00, including WD subscription and THE NUGGET for 2022/23, accommodation, all meals and tea and coffee. Non-residential places (which include the WD subscription for 2022/23, lunch, tea and coffee but not breakfast or dinner) are available at 115.

BOOKING IS STILL OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF WARGAME DEVELOPMENTS. THERE IS PLENTY OF ACCOMMODATION AT THE DEFENCE ACADEMY. IF YOU WANT A PLACE AT COW 2022, OR HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FOR YOUR BOOKING, YOU NEED TO REPLY TO THE E-MAIL SENT TO ALL MEMBERS ON 3 JUNE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THE DEADLINE FOR PAYMENT IS 13 JUNE.

Please note that only existing members of Wargame Developments
who have booked and paid for a place may attend COW

For further details or to make a booking 

For further details about COW2022 or to book a place at COW2022, write to:

COW2022 Bookings,
84, Eglinton Hill,
Shooters Hill,
London,
SE18 3DY,
UK

or send an e-mail to COW2022 Bookings.

If you are writing for further details about COW2022, enclose a stamped and self-addressed envelope or IRC with your letter.

COW Sessions

To offer sessions for the 2022 conference, write to:

COW2022 Session Coordinator,
51, High Street,
South Anston,
Sheffield,
S25 4AY

or send an e-mail to COW2022 Session Coordinator.

You can pay fees to Wargame Developments by PayPal.

To pay any part of the cost of attending COW:

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The page was last updated on 15th August 2021

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